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This project is my attempt to round up as many free-to-the-public volcano monitoring resources as I can find and put them at your fingertips.  Unlike other webcam and seismograph collections, I make extensive use of Google Earth and Google Maps to display data points in a geographic context, and you have several options for accessing everything.

The VP Online maps are hosted on Google MyMaps and can be viewed without downloading anything. They are organized by volcanic region and feature pins for webcams, any volcanoes to which those webcams are pointed, and any other volcano monitoring data that might be available in that region. 

You can hide or unhide data sets in the map menu as well as quickly find a particular pin by scrolling through the list. The preview images are also clickable links, and will take you to a full-sized image, or in some cases, may be linked to an external site such as a live webcam stream or web site.


But to enjoy a virtual volcano to its fullest potential, you should view these files in Google Earth, either in Earth Pro for desktop computer or via the online Google Earth app, both free of charge.  The terrain is 3D-enhanced with remarkable detail in many locations and includes the option to tilt and turn terrain and view the world from every angle. Also, both apps offer a 360° "street view" in many of the world's locations with more locations being added with every Google Earth update.  



In order to view my files in either of those apps, you must first download my WEBCAMS.kmz file. If you have Google Earth installed, the file should open in that app automatically in the "Temporary Places" folder when clicked. You can then save it  within the Google Earth app by dragging and dropping it into the "My Places" folder. An alternative to regularly re-downloading my webcams file is to download and save my network-link file, which will access and update the webcams file from its online source whenever you launch the Google Earth Pro app. I update as often as once per week..sometimes more as cameras and data sources appear and (as is the nature of being near a volcano) disappear. Each new program update will include a "Read me" pin with what's new and when the update was created. 

However, if you do not wish to download Google Earth Pro or you are using a tablet or mobile device, you can save the file and then access it from the Google Earth online app by opening the "My Places" tab on that app's left-hand menu, clicking the "Import KML File" link and navigating to the file's location on your computer  OR in the case of mobile users (an experience I have yet to personally experience, so these instructions may not be as useful) you can upload the file to your personal Google Drive account (also a free online service) and navigate to it there from within the Google Earth online app.

This project is still in the beta-testing phase as I finish up details and as I uncover and correct ubiquitous errors.  Check this site often for project status updates as well as (soon to come) tips and tricks to make your Google Earth virtual-trekking experience even better.
 
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